|A POSTER OUTSIDE WESTMINSTER THAT SAYS IT ALL
|POSTERS FROM 'STOP THE WAR' MARCH
|Two Freemasons' lodges operate secretly inside the Houses of Parliament
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Freemasons 'operate two secret lodges at Westminster for MPs, staff and political journalists'
Integrity or influence? Inside the world of modern Freemasons
Freemasons in Westminster ‘should declare membership’
Scottish rag reports Gayrdian's 'Freemasons 'still active' at Westminster'
Police Federation Chairman concerned about the continued influence of Freemasons
How can anyone trust the UK's VILE rags when their journo's are part of the satanic mafia oath swearers club?
Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members
Two Freemasons’ lodges set up for members of parliament and political journalists are continuing to operate secretly at Westminster, the Guardian has learned.
New Welcome Lodge, which recruits MPs, peers and parliamentary staff, and Gallery Lodge, established for members of the political press corps known as the lobby, both remain active, according to Freemasonry records.
A third lodge called the Alfred Robbins Lodge, which was also set up for journalists, also continues to meet regularly in London.
The identities of the members of these three lodges remain unknown outside the world of Freemasonry, however, and so discreet are the members of Gallery Lodge that few journalists working in the lobby appear to be aware of its existence.
One current member of New Welcome told the Guardian that its members keep Gallery Lodge masons at arm’s length, on the grounds that while they are fellow members of the brotherhood, they are still journalists, and “they wouldn’t want journalists listening to their conversations”.
David Staples, the chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons in England and Wales, said there was no contradiction between the practice of journalism and membership of Freemasonry.
“Contrary to populist perception, being a Freemason helps those members in roles serving society in the broader sense, including journalists, politicians, policemen and lawyers, to be better in those jobs by encouraging them to act as better people themselves. Their membership is a positive for both them as individuals, and for society at large,” he said.
More Freemasons would declare their membership, he added, if they did not fear prejudice and discrimination: “There should be no conflict between an individual choosing whether to declare their membership or not with that individual’s ability to do their job well. But there is, because some choose to believe otherwise, and some of our detractors are doing so based on nothing other than blind prejudice.”
After three years as the chair of the Police Federation, Steve White said: “I found that there were people who were fundamentally against any kind of change and any kind of progress, and they always happened to be Freemasons.”
The charge brought an angry denial from the UGLE. In a letter to the press, Staples said: “We are quietly proud that throughout history, when people have suffered discrimination both in public and social life, Freemasonry has welcomed them into our lodges as equals.” He added that many Freemasons chose to keep their membership secret in order to avoid being discriminated against.
At Westminster, MPs and peers are not obliged to declare their membership of the Freemasons, although the Commons authorities say they can disclose this information voluntarily on the registers of members’ and Lords’ financial interests. None currently do so.
Nor do any political journalists declare their membership of the Freemasons on the register of journalists’ interests, which is maintained by parliament.
The three lodges each meet four times a year at Freemasons’ Hall, the UGLE’s headquarters in Covent Garden, London.
The UGLE said Gallery Lodge currently has 45 members and Alfred Robbins Lodge – which is named after a former newspaperman and prominent mason – has 18 members.
“None of the members who have joined either of these two lodges since 2000 have their occupation recorded as journalist or anything obviously linked to the newspaper industry,” the spokesman said.
It is unclear how many of their members joined before that year, however, and UGLE will not identify the lodges’ members.
The Guardian understands past members of Gallery Lodge have included former journalists at the Times, the Daily Express, the Scotsman, and several Hansard reporters.
While the New Welcome lodge has about 30 to 40 members, the Guardian understands only about four of the current members are MPs, and that none are peers. Most of the members of the lodge are former MPs, parliamentary staff or police officers who have served at Westminster. MPs who are Freemasons are members of other lodges, however.
Although New Welcome lodge was set up following the 1926 general strike, to admit Labour politicians who had previously been refused entry to Freemasonry, the Guardian understands that none of its current members are Labour MPs.
Many are said to have left the Freemasons in the 1980s, fearing they would lose their seats if they were questioned about membership while reapplying for the Labour party’s nomination in between general elections, which had become a requirement at the start of that decade.
At least one Labour MP is said to have left New Welcome Lodge when facing reselection at this time, and arranged for his membership to be held in abeyance so that he could be quietly readmitted once he knew his parliamentary seat was secure.
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|UK political mafia vote to spend billions on their palace while austerity starves the peasants
|The tory scum are the utter dregs of society
|Corruption when private companies get massive tory contract handouts
|Fat cat corruption at the heart of tory goverment
When a government gives contracts to the very scum that fund their political agenda
you get corruption and tyranny that the establishment freemasons cops turn a blind eye to.
|Corruption at the very heart of the tory government
|Sleaze bags at the Houses of Parliament
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|Tory thug Grayling using public money to prop up private railways
|Establishment lackey Clegg gets knighted for doing her dirty work
|Tory scum finally get rid of the twisted bastard
|May like Trump just another zionist puppet VIDEO
They depend on their status by sucking up to the zionist dollar
If only she was as concerned about the UK homeless as she is about Israel?
|Tory witch bitch hanging on by a thread
|Broke Britain under tory tyranny
|Mark Steel nails the Tory strategy VIDEO
|Tory scum don't sack Green but instead blame cops
|A government computer and he DOESN'T get the sack?
|Tory's blame over 60's NOT rich land owners and themselves for Britain's dire housing problem
|When HATE is maybe warranted
When scumbags with ulterior motives are exposed they shout HATE to deflect away from their agenda.
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With so many global controllers trying to stifle debate about what they are implicated in there is ONE particular nasty ploy they are using to point the finger by claiming 'HATE' to stifle criticism.
Well we do not mind making some HATE suggestions.
1. HATING any politician who thinks using their military industrial complex to bomb the fuck out of innocents is the correct use of power.
2. HATING a mass media that is pushing feminist and homosexual agenda's while undermining heterosexual men with 'HATE' campaigns that strip men of the right to protect their families from their sinister and SICK satanic agenda.
3. HATING lawyers and judges who, across the world, have been giving themselves power over men's estates by a divorce industry that has destroyed those men's ability to keep a roof over their heads and their families causing massive dysfunctionality for heterosexual men in many cases loss of their lives and mass homelessness for those targeted heterosexual men.
4. HATING freemason controlled cops who are out of control and using unregulated powers to beat the shit out of their victims to the point of death and using deadly force NOT as a last resort but a first resort. Terror false flags being used to arm them to the hilt while they claim taking guns off the streets.
5. HATING zionists who control the West's political scum through bribes and freemasonry that allows Israel to bomb the fuck out of the Middle East and especially Gaza and with huge stock piles of nuclear weapons with America's political mafia only to happy to oblige, meanwhile ranting that other nations in the Middle East are trying to get hold of nukes .
6. HATING paedo's in particular the homopaedo's who hide behind discrimination as an excuse to abuse millions of young boys across the globe with impunity and being covered up by a freemason hierarchy.
HATE is a strong word but throughout history men have been forced to rise up when they experience HATE brought on by the dire circumstances so many of their fellow citizens have been left in thanks to the scum who have taken control of their lives through stealth and manipulation. It is the LOVE for their fellow man that breeds HATRED towards those who provide the chains that enslave humanity.
|Tory scum forced to resign over secret meetings with Israeli zionists
|Why are the tory scum having covert secret meetings with Israel's Netanyahu?
|How many employees get subsidized alcohol during their working hours?
The very bastards charged with manufacturing British laws can drink while they work
, subsidized by the long suffering public who have to work under the regime they create
but DOES NOT affect them and who are getting away with murder. One law for the peasants
and one for those who have legislated themselves ABOVE THE LAW.
British judges get an even better deal with free drinking dens while they pontificate over
what to do with the peasants forced to appear before them.
|Jews in Downing Street to protest over visit of Netanyahu
|Tory scum knifing each other in the back
|The only thing the tory filth are good at is lots of SLEAZE!!!!!!!!!
|Labour implicated in rape cover up
|Tory pervs outed at Westminster
|The lardies who vote through austerity spend like there is no tomorrow
|Britain under a tory boot
| Massive police presence to protect tory murdering scum in Manchester VIDEO
|Wiltshire Police on investigation into former tory Prime Minister Edward Heath VIDEO
|Will I stay or will I go?
|Tory MP knives get sharpened for May
|Tory rags get knife out for May
The lunatics are still running the asylum
|When is the lying bitch going to resign?
|Five things that went wrong with May's speech VIDEO
|We better HOPE Corbyn does a better job than Obama
|May the tory's reincarnation of Thatcher
|The House of Lording it up
|Lunatic May uses terror threat to censor the internet
|Tory law student Ronald Coyne's despicable treatment of the most vulnerable
|Tory scum will need to do to May what they did to Thatcher to get rid of her
|May feigns concern for the poorest being ripped off by FAT CAT bosses
|Melanie Shaw a victim of the British crown's torturous powers VIDEO
To MP Chris Leslie
New Hall Governor: Susan Howard
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
We have received shocking information regarding the present conditions Melanie Shaw is being held under in the UK prison system in breach of her human rights . See the following video we have been made aware of that exposes those conditions.
Under a Freedom of Information request please provide ASAP or before 20 working days
1. What information you have personally received regarding those conditions and failings?
2. What steps you have taken as her MP to ensure all her rights are being met under ECHR regulations?
Any attempt to suggest this cannot be provided due to privacy concerns will further exacerbate those torturous conditions she is being held under and will implicate you as her MP in the cover up. Further to this we now put you on notice of these serious issues and now hold you responsible for any future torture that is being meted out to Ms. Shaw while she is being held on trumped up charges within HM prison system.
We seek an urgent response to what could be life threatening conditions within Britain's arcane prison system and any future threats to her life you as her MP are now responsible for. Please also provide a response that you have received and are dealing with that request as soon as possible.
|Encryption Ban Retro Rudd Style VIDEO
|UK once again rubber stamping America's march to war
| UK government uses national security as excuse to avoid publishing 30 year docs VIDEO
| Political pollsters are pushing a pile of bullshit VIDEO
|Tory scum imploding over Brexit
|Why do the public eventually HATE every single political leader since Thatcher?
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Daily Rat reports today that a "Wave of 'nastiness and hatred' against politicians is driving top talent out of public life, watchdog warns"
When will the gullible British public every learn? The political scumbags are NOT there to take care of the general population, no matter what they tell you, they only serve the interests of the ruling mafia and why they sign up to the QUEEN first before the country.
When a vast army of freemasons, who swear loyalty ONLY to the British crown, block any hope of the UK getting somebody with the right credentials of decency and compassion it is a very long way from evolving into somewhere worth living . Once you have spent time away from Britain you start to see why the dark forces that protect the royal mafia and their vast army of secret society goons you realise how massive the infestation of twisted and ruthless bastards, with no soul, that are getting hand picked into key positions of power . All of it under the guise that we have elections when we are only allowed to vote for those already on the freemason royalist leaning bandwagon.
Only one British politician refused to stand for the Queen and he was taken out by the Murdoch press and with
the assistance of Scotland's evil judicial mafia who backed his evil rag to the hilt when stitching him up. Until
Britain's sheeple waken up to the reality that they are living in a nightmare scenario that is cruelly punishing
millions of it own citizens for their evil ends Britain will continue to sink into the quagmire of filth
that so many are deluded into believing is the correct way to behave towards their fellow citizens struggling on
the edge of life thanks to a demonic force that has taken over all positions of authority. The LUNATICS really are running the asylum.
| May claims of being bold when she is WEAK show all the signs of a psychopath VIDEO
|Daily Rat's utter contempt for those who despised Thatchers vile reign
|Cameron the Eton gangster groomed to keep the peasants in their place
|The DUP orangemen pick up a huge bribe from May
|Honest campaigning for the Conservative party VIDEO
| Inside the secretive Tory election call centre VIDEO
|Orangemen now running Britain
|Tory's EXTREMIST rags and lesser extremists point out May's tory mess
|Even UK's right wing rags see the writing on the wall
| UK election: 'Youth quake' shakes political system VIDEO
|Theresa May booted into touch by Observer front page
|The lesbian plotting to take over the tory party
|May narrow election win offers no hope
|Theresa May should resign and stop 'shifting blame' over terror attacks says former Downing Street aide
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Steve Hilton - who was David Cameron 's strategy director - launched an extraordinary outburst against the "clearly incompetent" PM over security failings
Theresa May is "shifting blame" for the London and Manchester terror attacks and should resign, a former top Downing Street advisor declared today.
Steve Hilton - who was David Cameron 's strategy director - launched an extraordinary outburst against the Tory Prime Minister over security failings.
Despite his old boss presiding over years of police cuts, Mr Hilton wrote on Twitter: "Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge.
"Should be resigning not seeking re-election.
"Theresa May blame-shifting again. Her spin doctors attack MI5, but she was in charge of them for years."
He added: "What's the point of electing someone who is clearly incompetent, however Tory-ish her language may be?"
'Blue-sky thinker' Mr Hilton was David Cameron's strategy director until he left in 2012 and has since become a critic of Tory government policy.
His comments came as the head of Scotland Yard said "of course" it was right to look at police resources in light of the recent attacks.
Labour says the cut in officer numbers, by around 20,000 since the Tories took power, made it harder for community police to nip potential extremism in the bud.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “We’ve now seen these ghastly attacks in London and in Manchester over the last several weeks. During that time we’ve also foiled another five plots.
“So yes of course, I think it’s appropriate for us all to look at the amount of resource that police have, both the counter-terror police but also our neighbourhood officers. The majority of people who responded on Saturday night and are now keeping London safe aren’t counter-terrorist police. They are general police or people with particular specialist skills.
“So of course we must look at that and look right across the strategy and the resourcing in the police and beyond.”
A top Tory was barracked on live TV over the issue as she was told police cuts may have put "civilians' blood" on Theresa May's hands.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan monstered Karen Bradley for claiming it was "simplistic" to want more cops on the streets.
The Culture Secretary repeatedly refused to say more officers would make the public safer, and refused to give a straight answer to whether the number of armed officers had gone up or down.
Told many people would think more police would make the public safer, she responded: "I think that's a very simplistic argument.
"The Met Police Commissioner has been clear, they have the resources they need to deal with counter-terrorism.
"I think it's about how we deploy police officers, I think it's about how we manage the resources we have, I think it's about smart policing, looking at the changing nature of crime, and about the powers.
"If police don’t have the powers, it doesn’t really matter how many of them there are.
"And Jeremy Corbyn has voted against all those powers."
| May: The fucking tory bitch who cut cop numbers ending in mass murder on UK streets VIDEO
|Who’s funding Britain's terrorists? ‘Sensitive’ Home Office report may never be published
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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May, April 4, 2017.
An investigation commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron into the revenue streams behind jihadist groups operating in Britain may never be published, the Home Office has admitted.
The inquiry is thought to focus on British ally Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly been highlighted by European leaders as a funding source for Islamist extremists, and may prove politically and legally sensitive, the Guardian reports.
The UK has close ties with Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Theresa May visited the country earlier this year.
In January 2016, a specialist Home Office unit was directed by Downing Street to investigate sources of overseas funding of extremist groups in the UK. The findings were to be shown to Cameron’s then-Home Secretary May.
Eighteen months later, however, the Home Office told the Guardian the report had not been completed and would not necessarily be published, calling the contents “very sensitive.”
A decision on the future of the investigation would be taken “after the election by the next government,” a spokesperson said.
Cameron was urged to launch an investigation in December 2015 as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats in exchange for the party supporting the extension of British airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.
According to the Guardian, Tom Brake, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesperson, has written to the prime minister asking her to confirm that the investigation will not be shelved.
“As home secretary at the time, your department was one of those reading the report. Eighteen months later, and following two horrific terrorist attacks by British-born citizens, that report still remains incomplete and unpublished,” Brake wrote.
“It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hard line Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root.”
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said he felt the government had not held up its side of the bargain.
The report must be published when it is completed, he said, even if its contents are sensitive.
“That short-sighted approach needs to change. It is critical that these extreme, hardline views are confronted head on, and that those who fund them are called out publicly.
“If the Conservatives are serious about stopping terrorism on our shores, they must stop stalling and reopen investigation into foreign funding of violent extremism in the UK.”
|May's masterclass in dodging journalists' questions VIDEO
|British establishments dirty murderous tricks
FULL ARTICLE HERE
FBI told MI5 about Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber, in January, saying he was planning an attack in Britain
(Theresa May wont respond to claims the security services failed to act and are ultimately responsible
for all the deaths at Manchester but WAS IT DELIBERATE?????????????)
Manchester bomber Abedi’s former terror group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), may have received British support
(In 2002, former MI6 agent David Shayler accused the British spy agency of helping send radical jihadis from the LIFG back to Libya to fight Gaddafi)
MI5 inquiry over failed response to Manchester suicide bomber despite several warnings
MI5 launch investigation into why it missed the danger posed by Manchester suicide bomber
MI5 failure behind Manchester suicide bombing
How did MI5 miss the danger posed by Salman Abedi?
Royal parasites behind global spying at GCHQ and MI5(VIDEO)
British royal parasites and their none to cosy relationship with GCHQ
Mother of rape victim claims cops ignored warnings (deliberately?) over 'gang who knew suicide bomber Salman Abedi having links to terrorism'
(Anyone who has crossed paths with Britain's masonic mafia disguised as cops will know how reporting crime seldom is taken
seriously and leads to anarchy for those getting away with murder)
Manchester bombing victim Georgina Callander's family has hit out at the tory Government over her death, saying it must "open its eyes" or more parents will lose children to terror
(How many GOVERNMENT agencies failed to act despite repeated warnings? Jimmy Savile's 50 years of abuse comes to mind.
The British establishment are only interested in protecting their own the peasants are being treated like fodder)
Ex-Met chief claims there are too many extremists on the streets for police and MI5 officers to monitor
(a bit LATE with that lame excuse)
MI5 use excuse of staff shortages after ignoring persistent warnings about Manchester suicide bomber
(No matter how few staff they had they had a duty of care to stop the bastard before he killed
though tory cuts just add to the intolerable situation.They did the same with Jimmy Savile for 50 years)
I Know Who Is Responsible For the Manchester Bombing. US, UK, Israel, The Saudis
How the British Deep State Turned Manchester into Al-Qaeda Town UK
Manchester and the Gross Hypocrisy of the 'Moral West (VIDEO)
False flags dupe the public into asking for what the establishment, the ruling class wants – more “protection”
Did British Officials Train Manchester Attacker as “Moderate Rebel” in Syria?
The British Establishment is Putting Our Lives at Risk
Comic Rufus Hound suggested that the Manchester terrorist attack on Monday night was actually an inside job from Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May has given the impression that a moment of national crisis(a terrorist attack) has worked to her political advantage
Theresa May is playing into the hands of terrorists by politicising the Manchester attack. Her job is to allay public anxiety, not promote it
MI5 was warned about suicide bomber (BUT DID NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!While Theresa May was Home Secretary)
Did Britain's MI5(freemason controlled) deliberately ignore warnings about Manchester suicide bomber?
How many boxes does an Islamist extremist have to tick before he qualifies for close surveillance by the security services?
Theresa May branded 'biggest terrorist' outside Downing Street
(Many more have died thanks to the tory's draconian cuts than all who died during Manchester attack)
Are we now paying the price for the chaos Cameron unleashed in Libya?
Salman Abedi: 'Public called anti-terrorism hotline about suicide bomber' up to 5 years ago(VIDEO)
Aren't MI5 supposed to protect UK citizens from attacks?
Terror Distracts from Traitors Within
For decades we have been exposing the endless murder of men facing divorce, the psychological torture of men to fund the ruling mafia.
For decades we have been exposing the endless murder of benefit claimants, hounded into an early grave by psychological torture.
For decades we have been exposing the brutal treatment of the elderly and mentally ill in care? homes and NHS hospitals.
And for decades we have been exposing the children brutally abused in state homes after they have been stolen from fathers many who
end up in an early grave.
The above are only a few examples of how the British establishment treat the peasants LIKE DIRT and does not include the raping and murder in wars across the Middle East that have seen millions bombed into oblivion by ruthless decisions of the British establishment that included every Prime Minister since Thatcher both Labour and Conservative.
Now we get to the Manchester suicide bomber who despite brave individuals bringing his EXTREMISM to the attention of the authorities and police who did NOTHING to stop his plans to murder and the fact his family had been PAID by the British establishment to help destroy Libya taking out Gaddafi there is clear evidence that the same mob did not care if he was planning to murder on the British mainland as it is suiting a very warped agenda of the masonic mafia at the centre of the secret services who are supposed to be responsible for stopping such attacks.
Taking all of the above into account and no matter what they are claiming in their puppet TV and radio the British public are now more than ever at serious risk of harm from the ruling establishment who are doing the same in Britain as they are overseas destroying the infrastructure of Britain even if casualties are part of the plan.
When are the British public going to waken up and realise those claiming to want their vote are the very bastards behind the sinister murderous plans that will see more bombings unless they are stopped and replaced by people that can be trusted with Britain's future safety?
|Anti tory posters go up across London
|Captain SKA - Theresa May - Liar Liar VIDEO
|The Invisible Election (No oversight) VIDEO
|Only the dregs of the earth would vote for tory scum
|You really have to be a nut job to come up with these slogans
|Carlton Club(top tory haunt) next door to top mason haunt in St. James St. London
|Are the lunatics running the asylum or those who vote for them?
FULL ARTICLE HERE
Theresa May wants to hold a General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017 (VIDEO)
General election 2017: MPs back plans for 8 June poll
Theresa May has called for another British Election and we have to ask?
Any decent concerned citizen of Britain who has watched the last few general elections must feel disgusted that Eton groomed gangsters, despite a long trail of the dead, keep getting voted back into power.
When psychopath Thatcher was elected questions started to get asked as just who are voting for, what turned out in the end to be, a mad woman who finally got booted out after her deranged policies destroyed much of the infrastructure of Britain and whole communities to this day are still suffering.
The tory scum have whole swathes of England voting them in and says more about British values than the psychopaths that time and again get voted back into power.
Those voters seemingly are prepared to show
No concern for the millions suffering under dodgy austerity while the rich get richer.
No concern for the massive suicide stats triggered by the tory's vile policies.
No concern for the elderly who are forced to work until they drop due to massive tory pension age rises
No concern for the elderly dying in care homes that have a total lack of 'care'.
No concern for the sick and dying as hospitals can no longer cope with patients.
If the tory scum get voted back in it will show the depths some sections of the UK have stooped to that ignore the death and destruction instigated by the tory gangsters, who despite horrific policies that destroy whole chunks of Britain and its people, seem to have a mass of voters happy to see that destruction taking place leaving Britain no hope of leaving behind a fascist style of governance.
|What does it say about a country when they vote for this evil bastard?
|Tory illusion that they are meeting people on the streets
This has been going on for years when Tory's wont go on to the streets of Britain but instead
organise employees at workplaces who would face the SACK if they dared step out of line while
being spoken to by the tory scum and filth.
|Homo obsessed media especially the BBC continue to attack LibDem leader over homosexuality VIDEO
| Strong and stable leadership = A murderous ruthless tory fascist state VIDEO
Only a fellow psychopath could view these evil bastards as worthy of their vote
|Tory scum's draconian attack on the poorest sections of society
|Why a snap election? Ask the 30 tory scum facing criminal charges...
FULL ARTICLE HERE
This is a flap election, not a snap election. It has been called to get the Government out of what might be serious legal trouble. I am amazed this has not attracted more attention.
It is this simple. The Crown Prosecution Service is now looking at the cases of 30, yes 30, Tory MPs and agents, who have been investigated for breaking spending rules at the last General Election.
The allegations have been probed by 14 police forces after claims that the Conservatives’ ‘battlebus’ campaign broke legal spending limits in several key marginal seats.
The Tories have already been in deep trouble over their new election techniques, where busloads of outsiders flood into winnable seats to round up crucial extra votes. This was a way of making up for the Tory party’s severe loss of active members, who used to do this donkey work. But it is sailing very close to the legal wind.
Last month they were hit by the Electoral Commission with a record £70,000 fine – the maximum – for failing to declare their spending. The forces involved are Avon & Somerset, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon & Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and the Met.
These cases are likely to result in some charges (I have no idea how many) in the next few weeks, probably just before polling day. Trials, assuming these go ahead, will be much later in the year and might not reach verdicts until well into 2018.
If there had been no election, any convictions could have meant MPs found guilty being forced to stand down, and elections being rerun. A General Election makes this much less of a threat, especially if Mrs May manages to increase her meagre majority.
This menace has been worrying the Cabinet for some months, as it has become clear it will not go away. And it is a far better explanation of the Prime Minister’s change of heart than her rather weird and incoherent speech in Downing Street. I happen to think she is a naturally truthful person and meant what she said when she previously declared several times that she was going to stay on till 2020.
But the expenses allegations, which started as a cloud on the horizon no bigger than a man’s hand, have grown and grown. I suspect her advisers have been telling her she cannot risk them coming into the open late in a Parliament when, perhaps, the economy is not doing well, or EU negotiations are going badly or Labour has a new leader.
As a result of this semi-secret crisis, the Tory campaign this time will have to be a good deal more cautious about such things, which may weaken it, especially if the campaign goes wrong – and this is not impossible.
Even now the affair could be highly damaging – but early in a new Parliament, with a secure majority, the Government should be able to weather it far better than if Mrs May had soldiered on. But all elections are risks. It is amazing how often governments lose control of them.
Politics in this country are a good deal less solid and stable than they seem.
|Tory poll lead crashing over proposed policy changes
| Britain ruled over by deranged establishment psychopaths VIDEO
|Theresa May bated by chicken over no show at election debates
| Theresa May wants to hold a General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017 VIDEO
|Elderly and inform forgotten by the evil tory scum and filth
|Trust the tory mafia to get it wrong again
|When old Westminster Abbey was separated from the peasantry by moats
|The house of lording it up
| Osborne's new job confirms disturbing Tory dominance of the media
FULL ARTICLE HERE
From Johnson to Gove, Tories are revelling in their links to papers, and proprietors no longer try to hide their rightwing views
George Osborne. Gone are the days when editors disingenuously claimed to cover news objectively.
After the crop of cynical jokes about George Osborne becoming editor of the London Evening Standard, let’s get serious. However odd the appointment appears, and few journalists will think it anything other than that, is it really fair to suggest that the paper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, has taken leave of his senses?
Osborne is not the first person chosen to be a sort of figurehead editor, a man without any experience of newspaper mechanics.
Such people – think the TV newsreader Alastair Burnet at the Daily Express in the 1970s or Peregrine Worsthorne at the Sunday Telegraph in the 1980s – set the editorial tone. While they concern themselves with strategy, they leave deputies to deal with the details of production, design and the gathering of news.
Osborne has not been given the chair at the Standard because he writes clever headlines or knows how a paper is put together. He is unlikely to have learned that during his couple of weeks freelancing on the Daily Telegraph’s Peterborough diary in 1993.
Osborne, a born Conservative, has been a political animal ever since. It must be presumed that Lebedev believes the overt Tory partisanship, which has been the Standard’s long-held default position, will do no harm to his paper.
It is hard to imagine that the 900,000 people who pick it up at stations across London every evening will suddenly turn their backs on it. The product is very unlikely to suffer a boycott.
Some of Lebedev’s liberal-minded celebrity friends may raise their eyebrows. Then again, among his coterie there are those who have, like Osborne, favoured harsher regulation of newspapers following the Leveson inquiry.
However, seen from a wider political perspective, the appointment confirms a trend towards a “big C” Conservative media dominance that has disturbing democratic implications.
High-profile Tory MPs are revelling in their links to newspapers and, for their part, newspaper owners do not seek to conceal the connections. Rightwing proprietors and politicians are out and proud.
So Boris Johnson is the blue-eyed boy at the Daily Telegraph. Michael Gove enjoys working for the Times, doing an interview with Donald Trump while accompanied by Rupert Murdoch.
Evgeny Lebedev: owner of the London Evening Standard: it is hard not to wonder if he displays a political naiveté. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Add on the fact that the Daily Mail is acting as a propagandist for the prime minister, Theresa May. And for that matter, Richard Desmond’s Daily Express enthusiastically has been doing the same job for Nigel Farage.
Gone are the days of pretence when editors disingenuously claimed to cover the news objectively. They no longer need the fig leaf because they exist in a safe haven where the opposition offers no threat to Tory hegemony.
Lebedev, who also owns the online-only Independent, has not previously suggested an allegiance to the Conservative party and it is hard not to wonder if he displays a political naiveté in his Osborne appointment.
In making the announcement he referred to Osborne being “socially liberal and economically pragmatic”, which he thought “closely matches” readers’ viewpoints. During his six years as chancellor, most observers would not have perceived Osborne’s social liberalism and economic pragmatism.
In fairness, he was considered to be a friend of the arts, at least according to Patience Wheatcroft in a BBC Radio 4 interview.
But note the difference. When Wheatcroft was ennobled in 2010, and took the Conservative whip, she was editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition. Her bosses immediately decided she must step down to avoid any suggestion of political bias.
Seven years on, in a changed political and media landscape, there is a renewed confidence about rightwing newspaper owners. Having spent years denying that old canard about forming “the Tory press”, they are no longer attempting to hide the truth.
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Theresa May lied about working alongside with police on Election Fraud
The Prime Minister, the Tatler Tory, his Conservative party Battlebus mistress and a VERY revealing election expenses leak
TORIES BUSTED Furious Conservative MPs say they are being thrown under the bus as Theresa May wrestles with her biggest scandal since becoming leader – spending scandal over fleet of election battle buses
The party was slapped with a record £70,000 fine after party chiefs broke spending rules during the 2015 General Election
RAGING Tory MPs told last night how they are being thrown under the bus as Downing Street scrambles to protect Prime Minister Theresa May from the biggest scandal of her leadership.
Inept party chiefs have been found guilty of breaking strict spending rules over the use of special busses during the 2015 Election.
Up to 20 Tory MPs could now face criminal charges over dodgy election spending.
And any police charges could trigger a string of by-elections which – in a doomsday scenario for the party – could slash Mrs May’s tiny majority as she battles to deliver Brexit.
On Wednesday the Conservative Party was slapped with a record £70,000 fine for cheating in General Election and three by-elections in 2014.
A breathtaking judgement from the Electoral Commission pushed this growing scandal to the very top of the governing party – and threw open the possibility of by-elections up and down the UK.
The watchdog concluded there was a “realistic prospect” that Conservative MPs had gained a “financial advantage” by overspending in key marginal seats across the country two years ago.
Strict spending caps are in place for all elections, with all candidates having to report how much they spent at each seat.
Parties then also have to declare their national spending — but last night the Tories were accused of exploiting loopholes in this system on an industrial scale.
Filing an incorrect election spending return is illegal and any MP found guilty of doing so would have to quit — risking Mrs May’s wafer thin parliamentary majority.
Ex-Tory Party Treasurer Simon Day was accused of “knowingly or recklessly” filing dishonest spending returns and faces the prospect of criminal charges — as the party was slammed for trying to “buy British politics”.
But MPs fear they are being hung out to dry because of blunders by “clever dick” party bosses.
Tory MP Karl McCartney — whose Lincoln seat is under investigation by the police — has emailed colleagues blaming Tory HQ for “covering their own arses.”
MAY 7, 2015: Tories sweep to victory in General Election.
Jan 2016: Channel 4’s Michael Crick discovers Tories spent £14,000 at a Ramsgate hotel during the campaign.
Feb 2016: Hundreds of receipts for Tory hotel rooms leaked. Watchdog launches probe into South Thanet — extended to three 2014 by-elections.
April 2016: Tories admit some spending not declared.
March 2017: Police send files to the Crown Prosecution Service on up to 20 MPs. Tories are fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission.
He wrote: “We didn’t create this mess, the clever dicks at CCHQ did, and I don’t see their professional reputations being trashed in the media much.”
He went on: “The initial cock-ups, ‘strategy’ and ineptitude with regard to this issue that has so negatively impacted our: lives, standing in our communities, standing amongst colleagues, families… were all of CCHQ’s making.”
And a very senior Tory source told The Sun: “The anger felt in the party about how this is being handled was made very, very clear.
“No. 10 are hoping this will all just go away, while the MPs are left hanging.”
Last night Downing Street was on red alert for a by-election in South Thanet where the Commission concluded the Tories had overspent by a huge amount in their desperate bid to bar Nigel Farage from the Commons in 2015.
Farage says he would stand in any by-election triggered by the scandal.
The Sun revealed this week Mackinlay has been questioned under caution by police about his role in the 2015 campaign.
The debacle in South Thanet was by far the most blatant stretching of the rules exposed after a year long probe by the Electoral Commission.
Hotel bills for a crack team of party hands sent to the Kent coast for the last weeks of the tight battle were either missing or incorrectly classed as national spending.
Adding to the PM’s headache, the Commission found the party’s claims that two top aides to Theresa May had only “provided assistance for the Conservative Party’s national team” were misleading.
No10 Chief of Staff Nick Timothy and Political Secretary Stephen Parkinson said they were campaigning against UKIP nationally but the Commission claim they actually “played key roles” getting successful Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay elected.
But the cost of their hotel rooms were not declared locally — leading to “doubt as to the accuracy and completeness of MacKinlay’s election expenses return.”
The seeds of the Conservative’s current chaos can be traced back to David Cameron desire to stamp out Ukip after they topped the ballot in 2014 European Parliament elections and the defection of two Tory MP’s into Mr Farage’s ranks.
Three by-elections that year have been slammed by the Commission for overspending — and the bad habits spread to the General Election the following year.
The by-elections in Rochester, Kent and Clacton, Essex were also where controversial Tory advisor Mark Clarke and ex-Party Chairman Grant Shapps road tested their new secret campaign weapon — the battle bus, then styled RoadTrip2015.
The simple model of shipping in activists, getting them to deliver leaflets and then getting them drunk at a free bar was the brainchild of Clarke — a former Tory candidate seeking to win backing to become MP.
However the campaigns days he organised were later mired in lurid allegations of sexual misconduct, drug taking and bullying.
Clark was booted out of the Tories last year over a string of bullying allegations made by Elliot Johnson, the young Tory activist who took his own life in October 2015.
But yesterday disgraced Clark was outed as a key whistleblower at the heart of the scandal.
The Electoral Commission judgement stated that the Battlebus mastermind was one of just a handful of people they had probed about the spending scandal.
It marks the ultimate revenge for the Battlebus coordinator – who was livid following his treatment by the party.
Tory insiders last night pointed the finger of blame at him for blowing open the scandal and leaking devastating documents to the elections watchdog.
Mr Clarke was last night declined to comment.
The PM said yesterday that her party had “complied fully with the Electoral Commission throughout their investigations” and would pay the fine.
But the Electoral Commission blasted Tory HQ for “unreasonable uncooperative conduct” and said they had to go to court to get their hands on evidence during their year long probe.
They found the party failed to include or misdeclared £250,000 of spending on their controversial Battlebus2015 campaign and during crunch by-elections against Ukip in 2014.
The Battlebus strategy saw Tory activists bussed around the country to key battlefield swing seats at the last election and put up in hotels while they campaigned.
The Commission ruled that some of this spending should have been included in local declarations made by MPs and candidates in areas visited by the buses rather than in the party’s national spending return.
But local spends are capped at £15,000 meaning many MPs would have actually overspent on their campaigns, breaking those strict election laws.
The Electoral Commission said the failure to properly abide the rules “cast doubt” on the accuracy of dozens of MPs local election returns, opening the door to possible criminal charges for MPs and prompting panic in Westminster.
On Monday the furious Conservative MPs confronted Theresa May over the scandal at a tense meeting as their see their careers in Westminster at risk.
The angry face to face showdown came as the PM was attending a closed doors gathering of the executive of the powerful backbench 1922 Committee.
Last night Tory high command moved to calm the growing backbench mutiny by attempting to take the the blame for the mess — but only after a year of silence.
They said on Thursday that MPs were given “no reason” to think Battlebus spending should have been included in local spending returns.
And they insisted that their candidates were “directed” by HQ that battlebus visits would count as national spending, not local spending.
But it would appear to be too late as the Election Commission dismissed the party’s claims of “human error” as “not a reasonable excuse” and called in the police.
It has referred Simon Day, who was the party’s treasurer until April 2016, to the Metropolitan Police over a potential breach of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act.
The Crown Prosecution Service will decide by the end of May whether to bring charges against the Tory MPs.
As they nervously wait to hear their fate, blunders by Conservative HQ could yet send the Government into a tailspin.
Last night: Ukip Party Chairman Paul Oakden blasted “wealthy political parties cannot buy British politics.”
He added: “Politicians complain that politics is seen in contempt by the people of this country, they have only themselves to blame.”
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